September 13, 2011
Formerly known as MASH (Mandatory After School Homework), the program holds students accountable for missed homework assignments, and provides a quiet environment that some students lack at home.
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U-turn program follows model that has boosted student performance significantly nationwide
Will Dunman, principal of Rim Country Middle School, waits at the front of the classroom, organized piles of schoolwork are on the desk in front of him. The bell rings. Out in the hall, most students grab lunch bags and rush to the cafeteria. But in room B-18, the students for whom Dunman waits file into the classroom to take a seat. No lunch for them until they finish class work they missed. Dunman, a bespectacled, kind-eyed, compact man with a very short haircut, (he says the barber got a little too enthusiastic with the clippers), administers the U-turn program every day at lunch. Originally supported by the GEAR Up (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate) federal program, U-turn teaches children responsibility for their homework while making sure they grasp the curriculum taught.